Melanie Bayless Veteto holds a BA in History and Interior Design and an MA in History from Pittsburg State University, and she holds an ALM in Extension Studies/Museum Studies from Harvard University. Melanie has taught History, Literature, and design-related courses for twenty years in higher and secondary education. Her graduate work in history focused on Colonial America, pre-Napoleonic Europe, and the theory and practice of pre-revolutionary thought and representative government. In addition to her work in the classroom, she practices public history through museum education, museum exhibition development and design, oral history collection and preservation, and historic and cultural tourism. She has curated and co-curated museum exhibitions for the National Park Service, Harvard University, and the Theodore Roosevelt Center. She served on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) and continues to serve as the liaison between the TRA and the locally home-ported USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).